Who would be on my dream panel of authors?

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Hi everyone! For this blog post I’m writing about something that was brought to my attention thanks to Eventbrite, an event planning software company that helps people find and plan events. If you want to check out their website here’s their online event registration page.

So the idea is very simple: Who would be on my dream panel of authors?

Let me just say that it’s hard to choose only a few authors because I’m such a bookworm and there are just too many authors that I love and admire. I chose to make a list with only living authors because otherwise, it would be too long to fit into one blog post XD… Okay so let’s get right to it, here’s my list:

  1. NEIL GAIMAN

Neil Gaiman is probably my favorite author, I’ve had the honor of listening to him speak live in Mantova, nearly ten years ago, and to this day I still remember vividly the night I went to listen to him. Hearing him read his words is a unique experience, I just love his dark and twisted imagination. He is a very inspiring artist, I could listen to him speak for hours.

  1. GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

George R.R. Maring is probably “the author” of the moment, so I definitely would love to have him on my dream panel. He is very wise and clever, nothing he does or says is accidental. I love how rich his characters are, so I would ask him lots of question about how he builds characters.

  1. STEPHEN KING

I cannot have a dream panel of authors and not invite Mr. King. He is an amazing writer that I respect and adore. Unfortunately, I haven’t read a lot of his writings but what I would love to see is him interact with both Gaiman and Martin, that would be awesome.

  1. J.K. ROWLING

Yes, I am a Potterhead and of course, I would have J.K. Rowling on my dream panel. She is such a great writer. She is so inspiring and also very witty, I just love reading her replies on twitter. I’d love to ask her what is she working on right now, and if there are any other stories, not set in the Harry Potter world, that she would like to tell.

  1. MARGARET ATWOOD

I discovered Margaret Atwood only recently actually, and I really like her. “The Handmaid’s Tale” is such an interesting novel. But I think I would rather ask her about her life and her view on things, what does she think about our society and stuff like that.

  1. CHUCK PALAHNIUK

I’d love to have also Chuck Palahniuk on my panel, he is a unique author and I love him, and even if I’m not that familiar with his writings I would just love to hear his point to view on things.

  1. KHALED HOSSEINI

I’d like to have Khaled Hosseini just because I love his books so much, they are very sophisticated in my opinion. I have to hand it to him that he was able to completely change my point of view on something, and trust me, make me change my mind about something is not easy… I think I would ask him about Afghanistan and how it was before the war.

  1. NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON

Last but not least I would have Neil deGrasse Tyson as a moderator, and I would just let him talk about the stars and the universe. It’s just amazing listening to him speak about those subjects.

This is it. What an exciting panel this one would be. What do you guys think? What would be your dream panel? Which author would you choose? Let me know in the comments below.

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Twenty years of Harry Potter

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Where to even begin? As many of you probably know the first Harry Potter book was published twenty years ago today. It’s hard for me to put into words how much this series has meant to me. Harry Potter is the story that has accompanied me as I was growing up.

I remember the excitement and the trepidation before the release of the books. I remember the wait. I remember the joy of going through them, reading the pages for the first time, not knowing what to expect. It was something unique and I don’t think I will ever find another series that I will love as much as this one. I sure you know this feeling, but I associate the books with what was going on in my life at the time. I mean there are other books that mean a lot to me but Harry Potter will always hold a very special place in my heart.

I passed the love for this series down to my little sisters, and even if the didn’t read the books, or at least not all of them, they became big fans of the movies. Every year, the day the movie came out, we always had the tickets for the first show. If I will ever have children I’m sure I will pass the love for the series down to them as well.

When it comes to books or movies, what matters to me is the story, and Harry Potter is one of the most captivating stories I have ever read.

Also, another important thing for me, since I also like to write or create stories, is that when I read something I truly love, I feel inspired to create, to make something on my own. So yeah, I will probably be professing my love for this book series until my last day.

There are just some many things about it that I love, my favorite character is Snape. I know there are people out there who say he was abusive to Harry and so on, but I don’t care, he still remains my favorite character. The way his character was developed is something amazing in my opinion. To me he is one of the best-written characters ever, I love how until the very end we didn’t truly know what his nature was. My sister got me his wand for my birthday once and it was the best gift ever.

So for all the Potterheads out there, this one is for you, spread the love, and if you want to leave in the comments what this series has meant for you, please do, I’d love to read your thoughts about it.

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

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Hi everyone, I just finished reading “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, which I’ve been wanting to read for a long time now. I found it in my local library when I went a few days ago, and I couldn’t resist it.

It only took me a couple of days to read it, it’s not very long and it’s a play, so it’s basically just dialogue. I’ve read the Italian version, and I’m a bit conflicted about it. There were some nice things about it but there were also some things that I didn’t like.

I’m a huge, huge Harry Potter fan, I know the books like the back of my hand, which is the reason why I wanted to read this book for so long, but it’s also the reason why I waited… mostly because I didn’t want to be disappointed.

One of the things that annoys me the most is when, for some reason, a story that I really like gets unnecessarily dragged for too long, which is, for example, what I feel about the third Hobbit movie, and I’m sorry to say this, but it’s also what I’ve felt about this Harry Potter story.

Being a hardcore fan reading anything by J.K. Rowling makes me happy but it just didn’t feel as good as reading the original books for the first time, and the main reason is that I’ve felt like there wasn’t really anything original about it.

If you haven’t read it yet, and you want to avoid spoilers you might want to stop here.

The main plot revolves around certain events of the past, which we already know, the main one is the Triwizard Tournament. This is because Albus Severus wants to change the course of the past with a time turner in order to save Cedric Diggory. Obviously, things go wrong and every time they go back they end up changing things for the worst.

So yeah I didn’t like the fact that it was mostly about the past and about events we already know about from the original book. I didn’t like how in the end it was kind of a predictable story.

Also, I didn’t like Albus character, I found him very annoying. The only two new characters that were kind of developed were Albus and Scorpius, I realize this was not a novel, only a play, but still, I would have loved to learn a little bit more about the other characters as well.

There were certain things that I did like, for instance, my heart jumped when at a certain point Snape was still alive, as a consequence of messing up with time.

I mean as a Harry Potter fan I guess you would still like this story but probably not as much as the books.

This is it for now, next I’ll probably blog about the first episode of American Gods which I’m going to watch tonight, so stick around if you want to read my first impressions about this new exciting series.

I’ll end my review with my favorite quote:

“They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what– those flaws almost made them greater.” J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany.